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A double contrast. (John 16:20-22)Rev Gareth James, June 13, 2021
Part of the The Upper Room series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
This morning we will see how Jesus goes on to speak of a double contrast - between the Church and the world and between the Church’s past sorrows and its future joys.
A. The contrast between the Church and the world. The Jewish rulers would rejoice at Jesus’ death – their hatred seemed to have triumphed and He was out of the way and the disciples would know grief and sorrow at their loss of the One they thought would redeem Israel. Thankfully things would change and we will go on to see: B. The Church’s sorrows and future joys. Their great sorrow and grief would not only be transformed, but the reason for their sorrow would be turned into reasons for greater joy than they could ever have imagined. This great joy would not be exclusively for the first disciples, but be available for believers throughout all ages, even all eternity!
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